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Grade: All Grades

1 Select the responses for which you have developed and/or implemented strategies under the Clean Water Act. Answer to this question is required
  • Water monitoring
  • Water assessment
  • Quality Assurance/Quality Control practices
  • None of the above
2 Select the scientific documents you have prepared: Answer to this question is required
  • Data Summary Documents
  • Quality Assurance Documents
  • Standard Operating Procedures
  • None of the above
3 I have experience performing field studies, including sample collection and prep, in the following areas: Answer to this question is required
  • Comprehensive baseline assessments
  • Enforcement
  • Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs)
  • Wasteload allocations
  • Ecological support (i.e. studies of fisheries, periphyton, benthic macroinvertebrates, and/or habitat assessment)
  • None of the above
4 I have written technical reports summarizing the following data: Answer to this question is required
  • Physical habitat data
  • Freshwater macroinvertebrate taxonomy data
  • Water quality data
  • None of the above
5 I have experience in the implementation of large scale environmental statistical survey programs (probability-based sampling designs), such as the National Aquatic Resource Surveys, including assisting with or undertaking such tasks as training, logistics, QA/QC (biological, chemical and/or other data), and reporting. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  • I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  • This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.
6 I have direct work experience related to water monitoring/assessment: Answer to this question is required
  • Conducting field training and audits (or other assessments).
  • Using national or regional monitoring protocols for freshwater and/or marine systems including biological, chemical and physical habitat indicators.
  • Implementing QA/QC of biological data (i.e. macroinvertebrates, fish, plants, etc.).
  • Use of “R” software for QA/QC and analysis of large datasets.
  • Screening monitoring data for biological and/or nutrient reference condition development.
  • Analysis of data from the National Aquatic Resource surveys (National Coastal Condition Assessment, National Lakes Assessment, National Rivers and Streams Assessment, National Wetlands.
  • Interpreting/understanding population weights from statistical surveys (probability-based assessments).
  • Communicating and monitoring assessment results to the public via reports, fact sheets, websites.
7 Select the processes you have studied in aquatic resource ecology: Answer to this question is required
  • Chemical processes
  • Habitat processes
  • Biological processes
  • None of the above
8 Please select all of the responses that best describe your experience using the following software and programming methods. Answer to this question is required
  • SAS
  • R
  • HTML
  • ArcGIS
9 Please select the one response that describes your highest level of training/experience managing large data sets (i.e., data sets larger than 10,000 cells). Answer to this question is required
  • I have no training in or experience managing large data sets.
  • I have taken undergraduate classes involving the management of large data sets.
  • I have managed large data sets for my own research project(s) or as a research assistant.
  • I have managed large data sets for research/analysis in a professional setting.
10 I have carried out the following database activities: Answer to this question is required
  • Screened datasets to identify missing values and erroneous entries
  • Designed and implemented relational databases, using tools such as Microsoft Access, SQL, or Oracle
  • Merged or joined data sets from a variety of sources and formats, using R or SAS
  • Documented datasets and relational databases
  • I have done none of the above
11 Do you have experience in the management or analysis of high throughput data or large biological datasets? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
12 Select the following you have used to analyze water quality monitoring data: Answer to this question is required
  • Spreadsheets
  • Databases (Storage and Retrieval Data Warehouse (STORET), Water Resources Database (WRDB)
  • Visualization using Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Water quality modeling
  • None of the above
13 Worked on the development of communication and outreach strategies. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  • I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  • This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.
14 Communicate with others to obtain their ideas, identify potential problems, and make recommendations to management for problem resolution. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  • I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  • This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.
15 I have written the following communication products: Answer to this question is required
  • Articles for employee newsletters or internal publications
  • Communication plans
  • Training materials
  • Intranet/Internet articles
  • Scripts for podcasts or videos
  • Postings for social media sites
  • Talking points (i.e. for speeches, briefings, etc.)
  • Fact sheets
  • None of the above
16 I have planned, developed, implemented and presented training. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
17 Select which of the following groups you have interacted with to facilitate information exchange or problem solving: Answer to this question is required
  • Federal government stakeholders
  • State government stakeholders
  • Local government stakeholders
  • Contractors
  • Regional/field offices
  • Government
  • Tribes
  • Industry representatives
  • Public interest groups
  • Environmental groups
  • Environmental justice groups
  • None of the above.
18 Please look at the qualification requirements (both experience and/or education) that are stated in this vacancy announcement. Does your resume clearly contain this information in order to determine you are qualified for the position? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
19 For each position listed on your resume, did you include the position title, company, salary, weekly hours worked, and your actual beginning and ending dates of employment? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
20 Have you reviewed the vacancy announcement "How to Apply" and required documents section to determine what supplemental material that you must provide? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
21 Where did you learn about this EPA Position? Answer to this question is required
  • Job Fair/Career Conference
  • Referral from a Professional Organization
  • Referral from a College/University Career Placement Office
  • Referral from a Professor or Academic Advisor
  • Referral from a current EPA employee
  • Referral from a friend or family member
  • EPA Internet Site
  • Office of Personnel Management (OPM) USA Jobs Internet Site
  • Referral from a State or Local government
  • Referral from another Federal Agency/Employee
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • USA Jobs iPhone/iPad Application
  • Other (w/Branch)
22 If you answered Other please tell us how you learned about this position. Maximum length of 250 characters. Answer to this question is required
23 I certify, to the best of my knowledge and belief, all the information in this application is true, correct, and provided in good faith. I understand if I make an intentional false statement, or commit deception or fraud in this application, or in any document or interview associated, I may be fined or imprisoned, denied employment, or removed and debarred from Federal service. That any info I give may be investigated. By responding No to this item I will not be considered for this position. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes, I certify that the information provided in this questionnaire is true, correct and provided in good faith, and I understand the information provided above.
  • No, I do not certify the information provided in this questionnaire is true, correct and provided in good faith.
  • No, I do not understand the information provided above.

Grade: 11

1 To meet the Basic Qualifications Requirements for Biologist/Life Scientist, select the option that best describes your education and/or experience background: Answer to this question is required
  • I have a BACHELOR'S DEGREE in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, or chemistry.
  • I have a BACHELOR'S DEGREE in a related discipline appropriate for THIS POSITION.
  • I have a combination of EXPERIENCE appropriate for THIS POSITION and EDUCATION LEADING TO A BACHELOR'S DEGREE with courses equivalent to a major in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or a related discipline appropriate for THIS POSITION.
  • I do not meet any of the above.
2 GS-11: To meet the Additional Qualifications Requirements for Biologist/Life Scientist, GS-11, select the option that best describes your education and/or experience background: Answer to this question is required
  • I have 1 YEAR OF SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE equivalent to the GS-09 level in or related to the work of THIS POSITION that provided the specific knowledges, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of THIS POSITION.
  • I have a PH.D. OR EQUIVALENT DOCTORAL DEGREE that provided the knowledges, skills and abilities necessary to do the work of THIS POSITION.
  • I have 3 FULL YEARS OF PROGRESSIVELY HIGHER LEVEL GRADUATE EDUCATION that provided the knowledges, skills and abilities necessary to do the work of THIS POSITION.
  • I have a combination of SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE equivalent to the GS-09 level in or related to the work of THIS POSITION and GRADUATE LEVEL EDUCATION that provided the specific knowledges, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of THIS POSITION.
  • I do not meet any of the above.
3 To meet the Basic Qualifications Requirements for Ecologist, select the option that best describes your education and/or experience background: Answer to this question is required
  • I have a BACHELOR'S DEGREE in biology or a related field of science underlying ecological research with at least 30 semester hours in BASIC AND APPLIED BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES which included 9 semester hours in ECOLOGY and 12 semester hours in PHYSICAL and MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES.
  • I do not meet any of the above.
4 GS-11: To meet the Additional Qualifications Requirements for Ecologist, GS-11, select the option that best describes your education and/or experience background: Answer to this question is required
  • I have 1 YEAR OF SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE equivalent to the GS-09 level in or related to the work of THIS POSITION that provided the specific knowledges, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of THIS POSITION.
  • I have a PH.D. OR EQUIVALENT DOCTORAL DEGREE that provided the knowledges, skills and abilities necessary to do the work of THIS POSITION.
  • I have 3 FULL YEARS OF PROGRESSIVELY HIGHER LEVEL GRADUATE EDUCATION that provided the knowledges, skills and abilities necessary to do the work of THIS POSITION.
  • I have a combination of SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE equivalent to the GS-09 level in or related to the work of THIS POSITION and GRADUATE LEVEL EDUCATION that provided the specific knowledges, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of THIS POSITION.
  • I do not meet any of the above.